In creating digital art, texture is needed to add dimension and/or interest. I could buy texture packets, but that’s not in my budget, and I like to use my own “stuff.” I also worry that the licenses that come with those packets aren’t open enough for me to use in my own art, should I decide to sell my artwork online. So, it’s better to create my own.
Above is a picture taken with my iPhone, a close up of the weave and design of one of my blouses. Ha. I needed something different than my usual, granite, pear blossoms, wood grain– all taken with my iPhone.
If you look closely at the green ground in this art work I completed today, you will see the pattern and the swirl from this blouse:
If you look closely at the sky, you’ll see ripples in the sand:
I spin the images around until they fit the drawings.
After drawing and coloring all the elements in my scene — using reshaped geometry shapes like, ellipse, rectangle, tear drop, crescent, then I plan the texture. Sometimes it’s a brush stroke, as in the petals and the leaves of the large tulips. Sometimes it is an image from the many “textures” I photograph.
The application: Affinity Designer, a vector and raster app [a choice], for desktop or mobile. I’m using an iPad. Affinity Designer is 50$ off until June 20, 2020. That’s $9.99 on the iPad. iPad and desktop can interchange documents.
- Choose the brush, the size, the color
- Brush over the area needing texture.
- Every stroke is a different layer.
- Group the strokes together.
- Grab the group and drag it over and to the right of the element needing this texture
- The group “clips” to the element only
- Adjust opacity and blend mode, as desired.
- Pinch in on your art to minimize it
- Choose “Place an image” from the menu.
- Navigate to you image to select it.
- When the app imports it, it will bring you back to your art
- Drag large across your whole document to import it at the largest size possible
- Drag that imported image over the desired element- and to the right
- The image is clipped to the element and only seen there
- Reduce the opacity.
- Shrink and/or turn the image to fit for the texture look you like
- Change the blend mode to help enhance the effect — just scroll through them until you find the effect you like
The hummingbird was a request from my daughter-in-law. She loved it! I found one with bright pink and lime green and matched the main flowers with that. The flowers and bird took a looooooooooong time to create just the right shape, color, and shading and then to add in the textures. It was an intense, fulfilling day that distracted me from the outside danger and to the people I love.
Making art for my family is a joy. I make postcards each month to send to them with a special message for each. I need to order more stamps.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker